As you probably know, Thailand is a Buddhist country, with only a tiny 1% being Christian. Easter isn’t ignored though and you will certainly find gifts and eggs in the bigger stores (and even the odd Easter bunny hopping around!). However, Easter in Thailand often falls around one of our own favourite festivals - Songkran, which is our Thai New Year!
April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand, and Songkran is often seen as a great excuse to go completely mad and have lots of fun! We have huge water fights and street parties that often go on all week! Most places close down for Songkran and the larger cities empty as everyone travels home.
Songkran is the festival for family reunions, temple visits and annual house cleaning. Many Thais observe the holidays by spending time with families and friends and by performing religious rites such as ‘Bathing the Buddha image’. Buddhists pour fragrant water over Buddha statues both at the temple and at home. The more religious will perform similar celebrations the whole festival.